9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
Rauma
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
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Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. On the 15th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, look for gifts at Patakirppis, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, and finally stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, examine the collection at Automobile Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Uusikaupunki Old Church, then see the interesting displays at Bonk Keskus Ky, and finally get engrossed in the history at Rauman museo, Vanha Raatihuone.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rauma trip itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Rauma is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Rauma due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get colder in Rauma: highs are around 0°C and lows about -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Rauma

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Uusikaupunki, Pori
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Bonk Museum ©
Bonk Museum

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Uto, get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Turku trip generator.

You can drive from Rauma to Turku in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 18th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, look for gifts at Tallipiha, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki observation tower, and finally look for gifts at Ideapark. Here are some ideas for day two: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, stop by Tammelantori, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, then browse the range of quality goods at City Sokos, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Old Church.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tampere vacation trip planner.

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Ideapark
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, stop by Artisaani, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, then explore the wide array of goods at Stockmann's Department Store, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at K-market Hakaniemi. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma (Nykytaiteen Museo), then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then explore the world behind art at Design Museum, and finally look for gifts at Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Helsinki custom trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma ©
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma